Upwork's Q3 2018 Skills Index: Top skills for freelancers

Public cloud becomes No.1 priority for companies, Vue.js gains ground & blockchain goes MIA

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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The Upwork Skills Index is here once again with the top 20 freelance skills companies have their eye on for the third quarter of 2018. Public cloud goes big but we see some major changes compared to the first two quarters of 2018. Let’s take a closer look.

You’re in between jobs? Considering a career change but you don’t know which technology is the biggest earner? Fear not!

Here are the highlights of the Upwork Skills Index with the most wanted freelance skills you should keep an eye on.

Starting with the most shocking news, despite being the number one freelance skill for Q1 and Q2 of 2018, blockchain is nowhere to be seen in the top 20 list for Q3 2018! Investment in public cloud services and infrastructure, on the other hand, is increasing steadily with Google Cloud Platform landing in 11th place (a significant drop from Q2, nonetheless), Google App Engine API in number 18, and Kubernetes climbing to number 8. This trend seems to agree with Gartner’s prediction that 28% of spending in key IT segments will shift to the cloud by 2022.

User experience remains a top focus for global companies and that can be confirmed with the growth in importance of Vue.js skills, that climbed all the way to the 7th place, as well as React.js that landed on the 19th place.

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Another fact that I found extremely interesting is the incremental drop of TensorFlow that landed on the 20th place for this quarter of 2018, gradually falling from the 13th place in Q2 and second (!) place in Q1. Now, no one can deny that TensorFlow is an important trend.

This framework is taking the machine learning universe by storm and constantly gaining momentum with giants like Twitter, eBay, and Google integrating it into their services. According to the 2018 StackOverflow Developer Survey, TensorFlow is the most loved framework with an impressive 73.5% of respondents praising it. The survey also states that it is one of the fastest-growing technologies, and that couldn’t be more obvious. But is the hype translated into job opportunities? The Upwork Skills Index indicates that this is not the case.

Speaking of technologies that rise and fall behind, what are your predictions regarding the technologies that will last, fade or evolve further in the coming year? Is TensorFlow just a trend or a technology that is becoming the new norm in machine learning? How much further will serverless evolve? 

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Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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